Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
The budget is full of forecasts about where the economy is going, but other indicators are often more helpful.
Over 70% of Ethiopia's population is under 30 years of age. This can be converted to economic muscle if policies are introduced to tackle the high unemployment levels in the country.
There are economic arguments to be had for ensuring an appropriate rate of growth of real wages.
The best chance South Africa has of recovering from sub-investment grade credit rating status is to have leaders who are prepared to break rank with the small-mindedness of the ruling party.
Employer groups are calling for a cut in real wages for low paid workers, but this would only exacerbate current problems.
Underemployment among young people is now at its highest in the 40 years since it has been officially counted, according to a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday.
Today young people are the first victims of the increasing job insecurity in the world. Can a universal basic income, as proposed by a number of politicians, change things for the better?
A TV series that gives families on benefits a lump sum of £26,000 shows how starting your own business can transform your life.
The UK government's U-turn on a national insurance increase for self-employed people exposes the flaws in its approach to building a stronger and more inclusive economy.
In the lead up to the state election, Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said WA has the highest unemployment rate in Australia. Is that correct?
South Africa’s social compact is at breaking point and the country may need a dialogue similar to its 1994 political transition talks to get out of the crisis.
Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily.
President Zuma's speech is historically meaningless in that it is not a milestone of any professed historical mission.
While South Africa's youth unemployment is a structural matter, the country must find ways to alleviate the challenges in the short-term.
Labour force data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, employment rates among migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.
Brexit and Trump pave the way for more financial market uncertainty.
The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
Blindsided by John Hewson's policy platform, the Keating government scrambled to come up with solutions to the "recession we had to have".